Upton bypass roadworks: change your route or queue for an hour, drivers warned

Bournemouth Echo: Roadworks caused tailbacks in November of last year Roadworks caused tailbacks in November of last year

Drivers are being warned that tailbacks of several miles and delays of up to an hour are likely from the next set of Upton bypass roadworks, if drivers do not change their route.

This is the stark reality of a lane closure on the A35 north of Poole, when five weeks of work gets underway on Monday, January 14.

The need to strengthen Policemans Lane Bridge will mean the closure of the inside lane of the westbound carriageway and Dorset County Council is urging drivers to use other roads.

Modelling by engineers on the impact of the lane closure shows that the morning peak traffic flow will be around 200 vehicles over capacity and the evening around 800 vehicles over capacity.

“Many drivers tend to commute on auto-pilot, so we’re giving plenty of advance warning of this work to ensure that drivers can take action to avoid these delays from day one,” said Cllr Peter Finney, county council cabinet member for highways and transportation.

“We are carrying out this work at a time of year when the daily average number of cars using the road is at its lowest, but we know it will still have a large impact on people’s daily journeys.

“Drivers should try to understand that this work is for their benefit – the road needs to be maintained so that it can continue to be used by the thousands of vehicles that use it every day,” he said.

Gridlock was caused in early November on the Upton bypass when two sets of roadworks coincided with the refit of the Sandbanks ferry. This marked the start of 15 weeks of engineering work by the county council.

The latest lane closure will allow work to strengthen bridge support columns and carry out surfacing work, barrier repairs, drain cleaning and verge clearance.

The closeness of the bridge support columns to the edge of the road means the only way to carry out the work safely is to close a lane, says the council.

Their suggested diversion for drivers wishing to avoid the congestion is the A349 Gravel Hill up to the Merley roundabout and onto the A31.

From Monday February 18 work will move to the central support columns of the bridge and the central reservation. The eastbound and westbound outside lanes will be closed for five weeks.

During the morning peak the westbound carriageway carries around 1,600 vehicles between 8am and 9am and 2,200 between 5pm and 6pm.

What to expect:

Phase 2a – westbound works (towards Dorchester)
Jan 14: Five weeks of work to strengthen Policeman’s Lane Bridge westbound support columns and replace the safety barrier in front of the columns.
Jan 14-Feb 15: Nearside lane closed, with all traffic in the outside lane at 40mph, for tree maintenance, drainage work and barrier repairs.


Phase 2b – central works
Feb 18-Mar 22: Five weeks of work to strengthen Policeman’s Lane Bridge central support columns.
Feb 18-Mar 15: Eastbound and westbound fast lanes closed for repairs to central reservation and some drainage works.
Mar 11-22: Westbound night-time closure for surfacing works.

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10:30am Wed 9 Jan 13

jeebuscripes says...

Outrage, unbelievable, incompetent, outrage blah blah blah etc.....
Outrage, unbelievable, incompetent, outrage blah blah blah etc..... jeebuscripes

10:36am Wed 9 Jan 13

uvox44 says...

just waiting for the first comment along the lines of ...."why do they need to close a lane, can't the workers dodge the traffic so as i'm not held up.." Fortunately I cycle to work in Poole so it doesn't bother me but I can understand it will be frustrating for some.
just waiting for the first comment along the lines of ...."why do they need to close a lane, can't the workers dodge the traffic so as i'm not held up.." Fortunately I cycle to work in Poole so it doesn't bother me but I can understand it will be frustrating for some. uvox44

10:55am Wed 9 Jan 13

Old Colonial says...

“Drivers should try to understand that this work is for their benefit – the road needs to be maintained so that it can continue to be used by the thousands of vehicles that use it every day,” he said.

And when, oh when, is the A350 north of the dual carriageway to be given the same attention?
“Drivers should try to understand that this work is for their benefit – the road needs to be maintained so that it can continue to be used by the thousands of vehicles that use it every day,” he said. And when, oh when, is the A350 north of the dual carriageway to be given the same attention? Old Colonial

11:23am Wed 9 Jan 13

Far Corfe says...

I think the council should make a park and ride somewhere on the outskirts of Poole that would save some congestion and use up some surplus money, how about Creekmoor :-)
I think the council should make a park and ride somewhere on the outskirts of Poole that would save some congestion and use up some surplus money, how about Creekmoor :-) Far Corfe

11:31am Wed 9 Jan 13

Melanie.Read12 says...

Far Corfe wrote:
I think the council should make a park and ride somewhere on the outskirts of Poole that would save some congestion and use up some surplus money, how about Creekmoor :-)
Love it!! Inspired idea - now if only we had a spare car park with bus stops lying around somewhere!!
[quote][p][bold]Far Corfe[/bold] wrote: I think the council should make a park and ride somewhere on the outskirts of Poole that would save some congestion and use up some surplus money, how about Creekmoor :-)[/p][/quote]Love it!! Inspired idea - now if only we had a spare car park with bus stops lying around somewhere!! Melanie.Read12

3:38pm Wed 9 Jan 13

madras says...

'change your route or queue for an hour' - implies no delays if you change your route....?
'change your route or queue for an hour' - implies no delays if you change your route....? madras

4:03pm Wed 9 Jan 13

paul.p says...

Oh I expect they'll be queues of cars waiting to get off the slip road from Upton.

Will drivers be able to 'Merge in turn'?...your guess is as good as mine.

I also don't know why DCC bother with the info...if there was an elephant on the side of the road there would still be tailbacks when there's nothing stopping the traffic because of the rubberneckers...

Pay attention to what you are doing and you'll get home quicker.
Oh I expect they'll be queues of cars waiting to get off the slip road from Upton. Will drivers be able to 'Merge in turn'?...your guess is as good as mine. I also don't know why DCC bother with the info...if there was an elephant on the side of the road there would still be tailbacks when there's nothing stopping the traffic because of the rubberneckers... Pay attention to what you are doing and you'll get home quicker. paul.p

6:13pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Pablo23 says...

I thought they did these works in November last year.

Whats going on?
I guess if I read the article I'll find out.
I thought they did these works in November last year. Whats going on? I guess if I read the article I'll find out. Pablo23

7:52pm Wed 9 Jan 13

velcroboy says...

Yet again there appears to be a lack of co-ordination between our local Highway Authorities. The suggested diversion route up the A349 will take you straight to the latest set of roadworks being planned by our old friends Wessex Water! Cunningly, they seem to overlap their works with the A35 works to cause as much chaos in and around Poole as possible. A quick look at http://poole.roadwor
ks.org/ (Then select Map Layers/ Planned Works) will give you the info.
Yet again there appears to be a lack of co-ordination between our local Highway Authorities. The suggested diversion route up the A349 will take you straight to the latest set of roadworks being planned by our old friends Wessex Water! Cunningly, they seem to overlap their works with the A35 works to cause as much chaos in and around Poole as possible. A quick look at http://poole.roadwor ks.org/ (Then select Map Layers/ Planned Works) will give you the info. velcroboy

7:47am Thu 10 Jan 13

really?? seriously?? says...

Better to do the road works now than in the middle of the summer. (if we get one this year?)
Better to do the road works now than in the middle of the summer. (if we get one this year?) really?? seriously??

10:33am Thu 10 Jan 13

The Liberal says...

Will they be removing the cones by the Blandford Rd junction during the rush hour again? This measure worked marvels at reducing congestion last time.
Will they be removing the cones by the Blandford Rd junction during the rush hour again? This measure worked marvels at reducing congestion last time. The Liberal

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